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Sex charges reinstated against ex-Michigan State hoops star

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves will face trial on sexual assault charges after a judge reversed a decision and reinstated the case Monday.

Genesee County Judge Archie Hayman said he’s not judging whether Cleaves is innocent or guilty of assaulting a woman at a Flint-area motel in 2015.

“This court is here merely to decide whether or not there is enough evidence for this case to go to trial,” Hayman said.

The legal standard to send someone to trial in Michigan is probable cause. It’s a lower threshold than beyond a reasonable doubt. District Court Judge M. Cathy Dowd had dismissed the case in December after hearing days of testimony.

“I think it was a disservice both to the victim and to Mr. Cleaves that she did not provide proper analysis and record it,” Hayman said of Dowd.

Cleaves, 39, is charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, second-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

A witness testified that she saw the woman try to escape a room at a Knights Inn. But a police officer summoned to the motel said the woman never indicated that she was assaulted.

The woman testified in December that she never said “no” to Cleaves “but I told him I wanted to go home.” They met at a golf event that day, and she later sent him a text message to join her and others at a bar.

Defense attorney Frank Manley has called it a case of “regret,” not “rape.”

Cleaves, a Flint native, led Michigan State to the NCAA basketball championship in 2000 and appeared in 167 games with four NBA teams.

Report: New Mexico hires Paul Weir from New Mexico State

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New Mexico has hired Paul Weir to replace Craig Neal as head coach.

Weir had spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach at New Mexico State before he was named head coach at the start of the 2016-17 season when Marvin Menzies left for UNLV. New Mexico and New Mexico State are rivals.

In his one season as head coach, Weir went 28-6, winning the WAC tournament title and getting to the NCAA tournament.

His hiring comes after New Mexico swung and missed on a number of higher profile candidates, including Spurs assistant James Borrego, Tim Miles, Joe Dooley, Scott Cross and Steve Forbes.

Bonzie Colson to return to Notre Dame

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Notre Dame forward Bonzie Colson announced on Monday that he will be returning to school instead of entering the NBA Draft.

“After a lot of discussion with my family and Coach Brey about the possibility of entering the NBA Draft this season, I have decided to pursue my dream of earning a degree from the University of Notre Dame and return for my final year of eligibility,” Colson said in a statement.

Colson averaged 17.8 points and 10.1 boards as a junior for the Fighting Irish. He is a potential preseason all-american pick next season.

Colson is projected as a second round pick at best.

Baylor’s Johnathan Motley to enter NBA Draft, retain eligibility

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Baylor announced on Monday that all-american forward Johnathan Motley will declare for the NBA Draft but will do so without signing with an agent.

He will have until May 24th to withdraw from the draft and retain his collegiate eligibility.

“Johnathan had a tremendous junior season, and he became one of the all-time Baylor greats,” head coach Scott Drew said. “Entering his name into the draft without hiring an agent gives him a chance to get feedback from NBA teams and make an informed decision for his future. We want what’s best for him and his family, and Baylor Nation will fully support him along the way.”

Motley averaged 17.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks. He was an NBC Sports second-team all-american and the winner of the Karl Malone Award for the nation’s best power forward.

Report: Dedric and KJ Lawson to transfer to Kansas

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Former Memphis forwards Dedric and K.J. Lawson will be transferring to Kansas, according to a report from CBS Sports.

The Lawsons combined to averaged 31.5 points and 18 boards last season for the Tigers. Dedric, a sophomore, was a potential all-american had he returned to Memphis this season while K.J., a redshirt freshman, was projected as a borderline all-AAC player.

The duo were big news in Memphis, as they come from a family that includes three more potential top 25 players, two in the Class of 2019 and one in the Class of 2021. Keelon, their father, was on staff at Memphis the past three seasons, but he was demoted from being one of the three assistants on the road last season, the first that Tubby Smith was at Memphis.

Keelon will reportedly not be taking a job as a staff member at Kansas.

O.G. Anunoby expected to declare for NBA Draft with agent

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O.G. Anunoby will declare for the NBA Draft and sign with an agent, according to multiple reports.

Anunoby averaged 11.1 points and 5.4 boards this season before suffering a knee injury that cost him the second half of the year.

The 6-foot-8 Anunoby is a likely mid-to-late first round pick, but that may be complicated by the knee injury. He has the size and athleticism to be a lock-down, switchable defender. He can hit standstill threes and attack closeouts. He’s probably never going to be a star at the next level, but he has the tools to be a role player that lasts a decade or longer in the league.